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Offline sibelover

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new to big paws
« on: September 30, 2005, 05:52:04 am »
hi I am new to big paws and have a 9 month old sibe and a 6 month old malamute x sibe I am training them to pull a sled and have been doing agility with them as well I would like to know when I should start adding weight to the training cart , it is about 25 pounds by it self and they have both mastered pulling it empty. we train 3 times a week for about 40 minutes on dirt trails.
any advce would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: new to big paws
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2005, 11:45:52 am »
Hi and welcome!  I don't know about pulling sleds, but I'm sure someone here does.  I hope you enjoy BPO!  :)

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Re: new to big paws
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2005, 11:55:14 am »
hi I am new to big paws and have a 9 month old sibe and a 6 month old malamute x sibe I am training them to pull a sled and have been doing agility with them as well I would like to know when I should start adding weight to the training cart , it is about 25 pounds by it self and they have both mastered pulling it empty. we train 3 times a week for about 40 minutes on dirt trails.
any advce would be greatly appreciated.
thanks sibelover. neeko and wizard
I don't know about sibes & malamutes but I am planning on cart training my boys & it is recommended that I don't add any weight at all until they are at least 2 so as not to damage their growing bones...I am all but sure that you won't want your dogs to pull any real weight until they are fully developed & I think with your dogs that is at 2 yrs...It's just an educated guess on my part tho...Welcome to BPO!...I'm Chelle & my big guys are Samson who turned 1 in July & pippin who recently turned 7 months...They are Great Pyrenees.

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Re: new to big paws
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2005, 01:56:19 pm »
I believe you also should wait until they are older.  Especially if they are pulling the sled/cart alone and not with a pack.  At least until they are over a year old, if not older.

I might suggest you pm Kristen (user name).  She mushes in AK and will know for sure how long you should wait.  She has trained dogs to pull sleds before.

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Re: new to big paws
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2005, 02:32:08 pm »
welcome - please post pics